Services       

Resume


Job history

  • CEO, LaRue and Associates, Consulting. January 2014 -- present.

  • DIRECTOR, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, Colorado. March 1990 -- January 2014.

  • LIBRARY SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR, Greeley Public Library, Greeley, Colorado. May 1987 -- March 1990.

  • ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Lincoln Library, Springfield, Illinois. December 1983 -- April 1987.

  • CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT HEAD, Lincoln Library, Springfield, Illinois. January 1982 -- December 1983.

  • ASSISTANT LIBRARY PROFESSOR, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. September 1981 - December 1981.


Organizations and awards

  • In December, 2013, the Board of Trustees of the Douglas County Libraries renamed the library in Highlands Ranch, CO, to the James H. LaRue Library.
  • First place, Public Libraries Feature Article Contest, for the article "Last One Standing," Jan/Feb 2012 issue.
  • 12th Annual Charleston Advisor Reader's Choice Awards, "E-book Innovation Award - Douglas County Libraries," September/October 2012, Volume 17, No. 2, p. 3.
  • Hennen American Public Libraries Ratings, 2009 and 2010. Douglas County Libraries rated #1 in United States among libraries serving populations between 250,000 and 499,999.
  • Chairman, Community Advisory Board, National Children's Study, 2010- 2013.
  • Greater Parker Foundation Board member, 2010-2011.
  • BCR (Bibliographic Center for Research) Board of Trustees, Delegate At-Large, 2008-2010. Vice Chairman of the Board, 2010.
  • Chairman, Parker Economic Development Council, 2010.
  • Parker Economic Development Council Board, 2008-2009.
  • Julie J. Boucher Award for Intellectual Freedom, Colorado Library Association, 2007.
  • OCLC Membership Council, Executive Committee, 2007-2008.
  • John Cotton Dana Award for the Douglas County Libraries, 2007, for the 2006 project "Page to Stage."
  • Chairman, Douglas County Youth Initiative Executive Board, 2006-2007.
  • Castle Rock, Colorado Masonic Lodge, "Man of the Year," public sector, 2005.
  • National Council of Teachers of English/Support for the Learning and Teaching of English Intellectual Freedom Award, 2004.
  • BCR Representative: OCLC Membership Council, 2005-2008.
  • Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce's 2003 Business Person of the Year.
  • Treasurer, Douglas County Youth Initiative Executive Board, 2006.
  • President, Castle Rock Players Board, 2004-2005.
  • Board Member, Castle Rock Players, a community theater group, 2001-2004.
  • Advisory Council, School of Library & Information Management, Emporia State University, 2000-2012.
  • President, Public Library Association, a division of the Colorado Association of Libraries. 2001-2003.
  • President, Colorado Council for Library Development, 2002-2003.
  • Chairman, CCLD Advocacy Committee, 2001-2002.
  • Charter President, Rotary Club of Castle Rock - High Noon, January 1, 2000-July, 2001.
  • Julie J. Boucher Award for Intellectual Freedom, Colorado Library Association, 2000.
  • President, Colorado Library Association, October 1998 to October 1999.
  • Colorado Librarian of the Year, 1998.
  • President, Central Colorado Library System Board. 1995-96
  • Board member, Academy Charter School. 1993-94, 1995-96
  • Castle Rock Breakfast Rotary Club, 1992-1999. Charter President, High Noon Rotary Club (Castle Rock), 2000-2001.
  • Co-chair, Intellectual Freedom Committee of Colorado Library Association. 1988-89

Presentations

  • "Leading with ebooks," panel at American Library Association, Las Vegas, NV, June 20, 2014.
  • Board training for area libraries, Mancos, CO, June 9, 2014.
  • "Access to eBooks," webinar for Minitex, May 21, 2014.
  • "Trends," staff day of the Town and Country Library, Elburn IL, May 16, 2014.
  • "From Gatekeeper to Gardener," Saskatchewan Library Association, Trustee Division, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, May 2, 2014.
  • "Managing the Talent," and "Issues in Collection Development," for the Eastern Library System, La Vista NE, April 28-29, 2014.
  • "Dealing with the Disruptive Patron," workshop for the Colorado Library Consortium, Pueblo, April 25, 2014.
  • "Chasing and Catching the Library Patron," webinar for Dominican University, April 24, 2014.
  • "Who Better than a Librarian?" and "the Big Picture," Northeast Ohio Regional Library System, Warren, OH, April 16, 2014.
  • Keynote, North Dakota State Library, Bismarck, ND, April 7, 2014.
  • Podcast for "Circulating Ideas," March 11, 2014.
  • "Managing the Talent," a preconference with Sharon Morris for the Public Library Association, Indianapolis, IN, March 12, 2014.
  • "Ebooks: the present and future," on American Libraries Live with Sue Polanka and others, March 13, 2014.
  • "Can't We Just Get along? Dealing with disruptive patrons," a workshop for the Colorado Library Consortium, Grand Junction, CO, March 4, 2014
  • "Succession planning: a board and staff responsiblity," webinar for NCompass Live, February 12, 2014.
  • "Change that Matters," keynote for Arizona Library Association Conference, November 14-15, 2013, Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, AZ.
  • "From Gardener to Gatekeeper, and "Trends to Transformation," eBooks and  presentations (featured seminar) for Directors of Alaska Public Libraries, October 11-12, 2013, Girdwood AL.
  • "Tomorrow's Library: trends," keynote for Multnomah County Libraries, October 3, 2013, Portland OR.
  • "From Gatekeeper to Gardener: the ebook revolution," keynote for the State Library of New South Wales, September 20, 2013, Sydney, Australia. 
  • "Leaving Fort Ref," OCLC Webjunction webinar with Amy Long and Colbe Galston, August 24, 2013.
  • "What is possible when libraries work together," for Northeast Colorado Libraries, Michener Library, University of Colorado, August 2, 2013, Greeley, CO.
  • "TS: Tech, Tools, and Transformation," keynote for Evolving Library Technologiesconference by Southeast Florida Library Information Network, July 11, 2013, North Miami, FL.
  • "Long e-Overdue," panelist for American Library Association annual conference session, June 29, 2013, Chicago, IL.
  • "Discovery to Delivery: Rethinking Resource Sharing," panelist for American Library Association pre-conference, June 28, 2013, Chicago, IL.
  • "Maker Library 2.0," and panel for New Jersey e-summit, New Jersey State Library, May 2, 2013, Eatontown, NJ.
  • "Librarians, take control of ebook distribution!" for Texas Library Association, April 27, 2013, Fort Worth, TX.
  • "The Big Picture," and "The Community-Centered Library," for the Black Hills Knowledge Network, April 25, 2013, Rapid City, SD.
  • "eBooks: the DCL Model," presentation for Arizona State Library, April 22, 2013, Phoenix, AZ.
  • "Community Reference Work: An Embedded Librarian Model for Public Libraries," with Colbe Galston and Amy Long, Arizona State Library, April 23, 2013, Phoenix, AZ.
  • "Making Each Other Look Good" (trustee training), workshop for Colorado Library Consortium, Pueblo, CO, April 5, 2013.
  • "Managing the Talent: how to spot 'em, grow 'em, and move 'em along," with Sharon Morris, Colorado Library Consortium, Pueblo, CO, April 5, 2013.
  • Three workshops for the Alaska Library Association: "Swimming Upstream (ebooks)," "Telling the Library Story," by Skype, March 23, 2013, and "The Big Picture," Anchorage, Alaska, March 25, 2013.
  • "Making Each Other Look Good" (trustee training), workshop for Colorado Library Consortium, Grand Junction, CO, March 4, 2013.
  • "The DCL Model," for Western New York Library Resources Council, Amherst, NY, February 1, 2013. 
  • "The Grand Confluence: four streams of digital content," webinar for Califa, February 1, 2013.
  • "Starting from scratch," and "Ebooks and Libraries: Where do we stand and where are we going?" panels at American Library Association midwinter conference, Seattle WA, January 26, 2013.
  • "Being Wrong," guest sermon for the Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church, Parker CO, January 13, 2013. 
  • 9 presentations in Moscow and Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, for the U.S. Embassy, Nov. 26-Dec 1, 2012. Topics: ebooks, library trends in U.S. public libraries, censorship.
  • "Telling the library story," for the Louisiana State Library, Port Allen, LA, November 9, 2012.
  • "The Big Picture," keynote for Richland Library staff day, Columbia, South Carolina. November 2, 2012.
  • "Making each other look good," presentation for public library trustees for Colorado Library Consortium, Durango, CO, November 2, 2012.
  • "Where's the books?" panel for trustee track, Colorado Association of Libraries annual conference, Keystone, Colorado, October 18, 2012.
  • "Hangin': Together or Separately," keynote for Iowa Library Association, Dubuque, IA, October 12, 2012.
  • "Swimming Upstream: Collection development for eBooks," webinar for SEFLIN, September 21, 2012.
  • "The DCL Model," webinar for Missouri State Library, August 29, 2012.
  • "Telling the Library Story," WebJunction webinar, August 27, 2012.
  • "eBooks," presentation for Aurora Public Library staff day, Aurora, CO, August 17, 2012.
  • "eBook Models," and "The Big Picture," presentations for Capital Regional Library System, Grantville, PA, August 10-11, 2012.
  • "Five Trends: the future of public libraries," presentation for York County Library System, York, PA, August 9, 2012.
  • "eBooks and Libraries," talk for faculty and students of Dominican University, River Forest, IL, July 26, 2012.
  • "Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness," co-taught class with Sharon Morris at University of Denver's Master's of Library and Information Science program, Summer, 2012. 
  • "Moving Upstream: From Distributor to Co-Creator," webinar presentation for  ALA Virtual Conference, July 18, 2012.
  • "Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: A Conversation with Jamie LaRue," ebook interview for NCompass Live (June 27, 2012)
  • "Transforming Collections" presenter and panel, American Library Association Annual conference, Anaheim, CA (Sunday, June 24, 8-10 am). 
  • "Of Mutual Benefit: The Sister Library Initiative and International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD)" panel presentations for American Library Association annual conference, Anaheim CA (June 25, 2012).
  • "The Path Forward: a Mass. Movement?", presentation on ebook issues for Massachusetts librarians, Worcester, MA (May 15, 2012).
  • "E-Books and Libraries: What's Next?" Webinar for the Public Library Association, May 8, 2012.
  • Workshops on planning, advocacy, trends, and assessment for trustees, staff, and librarians of the South Central Region of Pennsylvania: Johnstown (May 1, 2012) and Altoona, PA (May 2, 2012).
  • "Who Needs Libraries?" workshop for Lehigh Valley Public Library Region 6, Bethlehem PA, March 31, 2012.
  • "The Last One Standing: the 21st Century Library," public program for Estes Valley Library, March 29, 2012.
  • "Now that you have the time..." and "Telling the Library Story," workshops for the Iowa City Public Library's Inservice Day, Iowa City, IA, Dec. 9, 2011.
  • "Who speaks for us? Library Advocacy," workshops for Lyrasis and the State library of North Carolina, Durham, NC and Greensboro, NC, Nov. 28 and 30, 2011.
  • "E-books: a Library and Publisher Partnership," keynote for NISO (National Information Standards Organization) Forum "The eBook Renaissance," Baltimore, Maryland, Oct. 24, 2011.
  • "Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal: Library Advocacy," workshop for Mississippi Library Commission,  Jackson, Mississippi, Oct. 18, 2011.
  • Library planning workshop for Central Kansas Library System, Salina, Kansas, Oct. 11, 2011.
  • "Taking the Community to the World," keynote for the Nebraska Library Association/Nebraska Educational Media Association conference, Lincoln, Nebraska, Oct. 7, 2011.
  • "Rethinking Public Libraries," keynote and workshop for Pennsylvania Library Association, State College, PA, Oct. 3, 2011.
  • "Who Needs Libraries?" staff day keynote for Cedar Rapids Public Library, Cedar Rapids, IA, Sept. 30, 2011.
  • "Rethinking Libraries," keynote and workshop for Allegheny County Library Association, Pittsburgh, PA, July 26-27, 2011.
  • "The Future is Now! E-books and Their Increasing Impact on Library Service," panel for the American Library Association conference, New Orleans, LA, June 25, 2011.
  • "Library Advocacy:" keynote and workshop, Southeast Kansas Library System, Iola, KS, June 3, 2011.
  • Long Range Planning Facilities Workshop," for Waukegan Public Library, Riverwoods IL, May 26, 2011.
  • "Introducing A New Character: You!" (using storytelling to advance your career), workshop for the Power of Stories Paralibrarians Conference, Aurora, CO, March 28, 2011.
  • "Compassion, Mindfulness, and Hope," Staff Day keynote for Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento CA, October 13, 2010.
  • "Relax, Rethink, Recharge," Staff Day keynote for Boise Public Library, Boise ID, October 11, 2010.
  • Durango Days, keynote and workshops on trends in publishing, intellectual freedom, and advocacy for the Colordo State Library, Durango CO, September 9-10, 2010.
  • "Focusing on the User Experience," panel for the Reference Renaissance, Denver CO, August 10, 2010.
  • "The Big Picture: from Brain Research to Market Development to Advocacy," Nebraska Library Leadership Reunion workshop, St. Benedicts Retreat Center, Schuyler, Nebraska, July 6, 2010.
  • "Collaboration in a Time of Crisis," Colorado Academic Library Consortium Summit, Golden, Colorado, May 21, 2010.
  • "The New Inquisition," Omaha Public Library, Nebraska, May 14, 2010.
  • "Who Speaks for Us?" keynote  for the 2010 Colorado Association of Libraries Paralibrarian Spring Workshop "Come to the L.U.A.U. Libraries Using Advocacy for Understanding," Aurora, Colorado, March 31, 2010.
  • "Big Hairy Audacious Goal: the Colorado Public Library Advocacy Initiative," keynote for Colorado Library Consortium membership meeting, Grand Junction, Colorado, March 1, 2010.
  • "The Big Picture," staff workshops at Evanston and Zion IL, February 25-26, 2010.
  • "Chasing the Library Patron," Henrico County Public Library staff days, Richmond, VA, December 8-9,2009.
  • "Books, Bytes, and Booty," Jefferson Parish Library staff day, Metairie, Louisiana, October 12, 2009.
  • "Growing support for your library," Nevada Library Association, Elko, Nevada, October 8, 2009.
  • "The New Inquisition," keynote address for the Idaho Library Association, Burley, Idaho, October 1, 2009.
  • "Writing the library newspaper column," Idaho Library Association, Burley, Idaho, October 1, 2009.
  • "Defending library materials," panel presentation on "What makes Tango so scary?" American Library Association annual conference, Chicago, IL, July 12, 2009.
  • “Agents of Change,” keynote address for the “On the Front Lines” conference, sponsored by the Illinois State Library, Springfield, IL, March 16, 2009.
  • "The New Inquisition," keynote address for the Illinois Library Association, Chicago, IL, September 24, 2008.
  • "Theory Meets Practice," panel presentation for a "Reference Renaissance," symposium sponsored by BCR, Denver, CO, August 5, 2008.
  • "Cataloging the Community," for "Next Gen ILS: Mashed Up, Fried, or Half-Baked," a symposium sponsored by BCR, Boise, Idaho, July 22, 2008.
  • "The Indispensable Library," keynote address for the Wisconsin Strategic Visioning Summit for the Wisconsin Council on Library and Network Development, Green Lake, WI, May 5, 2008.
  • "Transforming Libraries and Communities," presentation for North Suburban Library System, Wheeling, IL, April 29, 2008. 
  • "Evaluating the Library Director," presentation with Eloise May, Howard Rothman, and Mark Weston, Public Library Association, Minneapolis, MN, March 27, 2008. 
  • "Chasing the Library Patron," a workshop for the Northwest Regional Library System, Bowling Green, OH, March 7, 2008.
  • "Transforming Communities," panel presentation at American Library Association annual conference, Washington, D.C., June 24, 2007.
  • "An Evening with Jamie LaRue," presentation for the Nebraska Library Association, Lincoln NE, September 14, 2006. 
  • "Elvis Has Left the Building: Reaching Out to the Community," presentation for the Mountain and Plains Parapros, Regis University, Denver, Colorado, August 11, 2006.
  • "Four Generations: How to Talk ... and to Listen ... to Everybody," presentation for Christ Episcopal Church, Castle Rock, Colorado, May 5, 2006.
  • "The First Amendment and the Library Bill of Rights," presentation for South East Area Library Symposium, Canon City, Colorado, April 27, 2006.
  • "A Trustee Manual," for the Colorado Association of Libraries Trustees Division, November 11, 2006, Englewood, Colorado.
  • "An Offer They Can't Refuse: Community Based Librarianship," presentation for the Mountain Plains Library Association, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, October 14, 2005.
  • "The Offer They Can't Refuse," for the South East Area library Symposium, Canon City, CO, April 22, 2005.
  • "Why People Censor," presentations for the Colorado Language Arts Society (Colorado Springs, March 12, 2005) and the Teen Literature Conference (Denver, April 2, 2005). 
  • "Open Source: Open Minds," Dynix Institute (web conference), May 12, 2004.
  • "Community Based Funding: An Offer They Can't Refuse," Texas Library Association, San Antonio, Texas, March 19, 2004.
  • "Library Districts," with Eloise May, Texas Library Association, San Antonio, Texas, March 19, 2004.
  • "Self-Assessment for Library Boards," with Eloise May, Public Library Association, Seattle, Washington, February 26, 2004.
  • "Measuring Your Library's Success: What Can and Can't (or Won't) Be Measured," with Keith Lance, "Community Leadership as an Effective Library Trustee" workshops, Pueblo, Colorado, February 20, 2004.
  • "Forming a Library District or a Regional Library Authority," with Eloise May, "Community Leadership as an Effective Library Trustee" workshops, Pueblo, Colorado, February 21, 2004.
  • "Threats and Opportunities Facing Libraries," with Susan Ooton, "Community Leadership as an Effective Library Trustee" workshops, Pueblo, Colorado, February 21, 2004.
  • "Planning Your Life," High Plains Regional Services System workshop on "Nurturing Your Inner Manual Librarian," Greeley, Colorado, January 23, 2004.
  • "Principles of Customer Service," Waukegan (IL) Public Library, November 7, 2003.
  • "Open Source I," for the Arkansas Valley Regional Library Services System, Pueblo, Colorado, April 4, 2003.
  • "Intellectual Freedom," and "How to Be a Player," for the Southwest Regional Library Services System conference, Alamosa, Colorado, November 15, 2002.
  • "Building Libraries -- and Community," Colorado Association of Libraries annual conference in Keystone, Colorado. October 18, 2002.
  • "Generations," address for the National Junior Honor Society Induction ceremony, Castle Rock Middle School, February 20, 2002.
  • "The Next 100 Years," keynote address for the 9th Annual Metro Area PARAPROS Conference, Greeley, Colorado, August 11, 2000.
  • "The New Inquisition," presentation for the New Mexico Library Association, Taos, New Mexico, April 27, 2000.
  • "Books and Bytes," program for Denver Rotary Club (5th largest Rotary Club in the world), Denver, Colorado, March 23, 2000.
  • "Unraveling the Web: Who's Watching What the Kids Are Watching," keynote address for the Hawaii Library Association, the island of Hawaii, November 13, 1999.
  • Presentation on filters with Hank Long for the Public Library Administrators of Northeast Texas, Paradise, Texas, October 21, 1999.
  • "Why Didn't They Teach Me This Stuff in Library School: Intellectual Freedom and the Real World of Day-to-Day Library Work," and "Filters: the Good, the Bad, and the Bizarre," with Hank Long, Director of the Englewood Public Library, for the Plains and Peaks Regional Library Service System membership retreat, Florissant, CO, June 11, 1999. 
  • Colorado Public Radio, Morning Edition, March 9, 1999. Interview with Hank Long, Englewood Public Library, and Helen Gray, Colorado Public Radio on Englewood's new "smart card" system and Internet filtering.
  • "Balancing Act: Internet and Everything Else," "Taking Your Case to the Public," and "Three Views on 'Collecting' The Internet," for the High Plains Regional Library Service System Annual Retreat, Estes Park, Colorado, November 20 - November 21, 1998.
  • "Becoming a Player," "Information Rights of Children," October 30-31, 1998, presentations for a joint conference of the Southwest Regional Library Services System and the New Mexico Library Association, Taos, New Mexico.
  • Keynote address for the Metro Areas Parapros annual conference, Regis University, Denver. "The Sound of Silence: Censorship at the End of the Twentieth Century." August 7, 1998.
  • Speech at the President's Program and User Services Association of the American Library Association, June 29, 1998, Washington, D.C. (reactor panel for Stephen Talbott's keynote speech).
  • "Becoming a Player," keynote address for "Marketing as If Your Library or School Depended on It: It Does," sponsored by the Arkansas Valley Library Services System and the Plains and Peakes Regional Library Service System." December 4, 1997, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

PUBLICATIONS

  • "Self-Publishing: Does It Belong in the Collection," chapter in Rethinking Collection Development and Management, edited by Becky Albitz, Christine Avery, and Diane Zabel. (Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2014. pp. 177-185.

  • "Can Libraries Survive the E-Book Revolution?" by Dylan Scott, Governing, July 2013 (about Douglas County Libraries' ebook model)

  • "Wanna Write a Good One?" American Libraries eContent Digital Supplement June 2013, pp 18-21.

  • "Give 'em What They Want?" Publishers Weekly, April 1, 2013, Vol. 260, Number 13m pp. 18-19.

  • "All Hat, No Cattle," Library Journal, Aug 1, 2012, Vol., 137, Issue 13, pp. 32-33.

  • "The Last One Standing," Public Libraries, January/February 2012, Vol. 51, No. 1, pp. 28-32.

  • Uncle Bobby's Wedding," in True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries, edited by Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco. Chicago: American Library Association, 2012, pp. 108-114.

  • "Responding to a Challenge: A Letter from a Public Library Director -- Uncle Bobby's Wedding," in Serving LGBTIQ Library and Archives Users: Essays on Outreach, Services, Collections and Access, edited by Ellen Greenblatt. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2011, pp. 278-281.

  • "Perspectives: Main Street Public Libraries," Public Libraries, September/October 2011, Vol. 50, No. 5, pp. 16-17.

  • "Keeping Our Message Simple," American Libraries, posted 5/31/2011.

  • "The Visibility and Invisibility of Librarians," Library Journal, November 15, 2010.

  • "Tough Times and Eight Ways to Deal with Them," American Libraries, January/February 2010, Volume 41 # 1& 2, 2010, pp. 16-17.
  • “The Next Chapter: Reinventing Myself at the Library,” Colorado Libraries, Volume 34, Number 1, 2008, pp. 10-13.

  • The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges. Westport, Connecticut: Libraries Unlimited, 2007.

  • "Why People Challenge Library Materials," The Whole Library Handbook 4, ed. George M. Eberhart. Chicago: American Library Association, 2006. pp. 475-479.

  • "Designing the Twenty-first Century Library," Colorado Libraries, Volume 32, Number 1, Winter, 2006, p. 22-24.

  • "Why CAL (Colorado Association of Libraries) is important," Colorado Libraries, Volume 31, Number 3, Fall 2005, p. 2.

  • "Tuxcards and KnowIt: Open Source Outlining," Newsforge, June 8, 2005.

  • "Buddha at the Gate, Running: Why People Challenge Library Materials," American Libraries, December 2004, volume 35, Number 11, p. 42-44.

  • "Bus full of books led to library career," The NewsSun Online, November 30, 2004.

  • "Get the church out of the state," Denver Post, November 12, 2004. 

  • "Linux Lite: Cobind and the Simpler Life," for OS News website, June 14, 2004. www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=7355

  • "Finding the Path to Sustainable Public Computing," Interface (electronic magazine of American Library Association), Volume 26, Number 1, Spring 2004.

  • "Inconstant Time," [sonnet]  Illinois Times, January 22, 2004.

  • "Models of Demonstrating Impact: Castle Rock, CO," WebJunction website, webjunction.org/do/DisplayContent?id=1205, published January 12, 2004.

  • "Libraries make contributions to economic development," Colorado Municipal League Newsletter, Vol. 29, No. 24, November 21, 2003, p. 7.

  • "Cooking the Books: Is Book Burning Protected Speech?" Colorado Libraries, Vol. 28, No. 3, Fall 2002, pp. 6-8.

  • "Writing the Library Newspaper Column," with Jeffrey Donlan, Colorado Libraries, Vol. 27, No.  4, Winter 2001, pp. 29-31.

  • "The Coming of Big Brother," Library Journal, September 15, 2001.

  • "Nine Principles of Boardsmanship," Wyoming Library Association website, September, 2001.

  • "What Today's Libraries Really Need," Library Mosaics, Vol. 11, No. 4, July/August 2000, pp. 14-15.

  • "Can't Get No Satisfaction: Library Pay in the 21st Century," American Libraries, Vol. 31, No. 3, March, 2000 pp. 36-38.

  • "Colorado's Governor Doesn't Get It," Library Journal, Vol. 123, No. 12, July 1999, p. 65.

  • "In Defense of Banned Books Week," The Ethical Spectacle (http://www.spectacle.org/) Vol. IV, No. 9 September 1998.

  • "The Crisis in School Libraries," editorial for the Denver Post , May 14, 1998.

  • Guest-Editor, Colorado Libraries, Summer 1997, volume 23, number 2. Also author of the introduction: "Funding Libraries in Colorado," p. 5.

  • "Confessions of a Hackee: Fear and Panic in the Information Age,"Colorado Libraries, Spring 1997, pp. 12-15.

  • "Internet Freedoms and Filters: Roles and Responsibilities of the Public Librarian on the World Wide Web," 1997, published by the Colorado State Library and the Central Colorado Library system. Also online at www.jlarue/iff.html.

  • "Hacked!" American Libraries, August, 1996, pp. 35-36.

  • "A Guide to Homeschooling for Librarians." (book review) RQ Spring 1996 v35 n3 p440(1).

  • "Measuring the Quality of Library Services," Trends in Law Library Management and Technology. December 1995/January 1996, Vol. 7, No. 5, p. 6.

  • "The Body Electric," column for the Wilson Library Bulletin , September 1993-June, 1995.

  • "LaRue's Views," weekly column for the Douglas County News-Press and others, April, 1990-January 2012.

  • "Reading with the enemy," Wilson Library Bulletin, January, 1994, vol. 68, Issue 5, p. 43 ff.

  • "Don't forget libraries in the drive for better education," Centennial State Libraries, October 1991, vol. 7, no. 10, p. 4.

  • "Is Anybody Home? -- Home Schooling and the Library," with Suzanne LaRue, Wilson Library Bulletin, September, 1991, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 33-37, 136.

Education

  • University of Illinois, M.S., Library and Information Science (August 1981)
  • Illinois State University, B.S., Philosophy and English (May 1977)